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Now Taking Applicants For Wheat Ridge Police Volunteer Academy

The Wheat Ridge Police Department is accepting applications for its 2018 Volunteer Academy scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 20. Classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday night for six weeks at 7500 W. 29th Ave. Graduation occurs on Tuesday, April 24.

Academy Participants learn about all the aspects of community policing and the role they can play as volunteers for the department, according to WRPD release. Police and civilian personnel will present lectures and demonstrations in order to give participants an understanding of the department's mission, practices and operations, and well as such areas as community relations, crime prevention, Crisis Intervention Training, personal safety, and wildlife safety and recognition. Those who are interested must complete an application, an interview, and submit three references as well as agree to a background investigation.

Applicants to the Volunteer Academy must be 18 years of age or older; willing to sign a Waiver of Liability; not have any felony, domestic violence, or significant or recent misdemeanor convictions; and not be a registered sex offender.

Volunteers who graduate from the academy attend monthly dinner meetings on the first Thursday of the month and agree to participate in special events and commit to volunteer opportunities that arise, including

Trunk or Treat, Operation Blue Santa, Carnation Festival, clerical assistance, speed monitoring, Walk and Watch Program, and shuttling out of service fleet vehicles.

For more information and an application, visit

Open House for Law Enforcement Explorer Scout Program on March 8

The Wheat Ridge Police Department is holding an Open House for the Law Enforcement Explorer Scout Program on March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 7550 W. 29th Ave.

The WRPD reintroduced the Explorer Scout Program in 2013 with Post 6901 named to honor the badge number of Jack Bramble, the interim Chief of Police for the city when the department was established.

The Explorer Scout program consists of youth ages 14-20 years old who are interested in learning about law enforcement as a career. The Explorer program offers area teens the chance to get real-world police knowledge and leadership experience while providing service to the community.

The Explorers participate in an academy designed to provide them with basic law enforcement skills. They then assist the WRPD and the community as volunteers while earning ride-a-long hours with patrol officers. To apply, contact Sergeant Jon Pickett at 303-235-2914.

For more information and an application, go to the city website

Violet’s Venue Brings Blues to Wheat Ridge

Violet Vostrejs and her four children opened Violet’s Venue in the Northwest corner of the Strip Mall on 26th and Kipling Behind Davies Chuck Wagon (10151 W. 26th Ave., Unit B) in December.

  “We wanted to establish a classy bar and music venue to be your own warm and inviting neighborhood place where you can go and enjoy great drinks, pizza, games, free pool, live music and sit by the huge fireplace,” Vostrejs told the Neighborhood Gazette. “Our pool table is regulation size with real pockets, No quarters required. We have a large stage and dance floor!”

  Weekly evening events include Pool League on Mondays, Karaoke Tuesdays, Ladies Night Wednesdays, Acoustical Night Thursdays, and live bands Fridays and Saturdays.

   “We are currently in the works to start a Sunday Blues Jam,” Vostrejs said. “We have a variety of board games for the kids and adults.”

   For more information call 303-232-0717 or visit on Facebook.

Buy Tickets for League of Women Voters Author Lunch Fundraiser, March 10

The League of Women Voters Jefferson County will host an author and lunch fundraiser on Saturday, March 10 at St. Anthony Hospital from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 11600 W. 2nd Place, Lakewood.

Colorado authors D.D. O’Lander, Emily Littlejohn and Arvada photographer Grant Collier will speak about their books, which will be available to purchase by cash or check.

O’Lander ( ) has cultivated the Irish gift-of-gab with a passion for World War II history, which is reflected in her novels: “Starling: Emerald Target, Book I” and “Irish: Emerald Target, Book II.”

Emily Littlejohn ( was a 2017 Colorado Book Award finalist for her debut novel “Inherit the Bones.” “A Season to Lie” is the second book in a mystery series about Detective Gemma Monroe.

Arvada resident Grant Collier ( is a professional photographer, well known for his book, “Colorado: Yesterday & Today.” He traveled throughout the state taking photos from the exact spots that his great-great-grandfather, Joseph Collier, took his images over 100 years earlier.

Ticket orders are due by Feb. 28 and may be purchased at

Tickets will be held at the door. The cost of $27 includes lunch. Proceeds help support the League’s advocacy work and are non-tax deductible.

For more details on the authors and their books, visit

The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

For more info, call 303-238-0032 or email

Wheat Ridge School Traffic Community Forum Set For March 14

The Wheat Ridge Police Department will hold a Community Forum on “School Traffic Issues” on Wednesday, March 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at City Hall in City Council Chambers, 7500 W. 29th Ave.

The panel discussion will address topics including safety, speeding, crosswalks, parking and excessive traffic at Wheat Ridge schools. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, and members of the WRPD traffic and crime prevention teams will be on hand at the beginning of the program to provide information.

Free and open to the public, the WRPD Community Forums are designed to inform and update members of the Wheat Ridge community on a variety of topics. Throughout the year, Chief Dan Brennan, members of WRPD command staff and community representatives present on a variety of issues of concern or interest to the public.

These events are videotaped and available for viewing on the city website at

Police To Offer Dog Walker Watch Class, March 20

The Wheat Ridge Police Department launched a new program last year called National Dog Walker Watch designed for dog walkers to help deter crime in their neighborhoods. The next Dog Walker Watch training class is planned for Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the department, 7500 W. 29th Ave. The free class is open to Wheat Ridge residents and dogs must be licensed.

Dog Walker Watch encourages these neighbors to assist local law enforcement as extra eyes and ears while out walking their dog. The program enhances the partnership between police and community while providing resources so neighbors can be more aware and learn how to effectively observe and report suspicious activity.

Space is limited. Pet guardians/owners can register for the WRPD Dog Walker Watch training class at